Friday, March 14, 2008
I'm such a sucker for a bargain. While out in one of my favourite fresh markets, I noticed a very lonely bag of bananas nearing the end of their existence. After a quick mental calculation, I figured this $0.99 bag of bananas would probably generate enough baked goods to either fill a freezer or feed a small mission. I had initially thought of labelling this post "Bananas Gone Wild" but then on second thought realized that it was really me going wild and not the bananas.
I've been hearing about this new flour (well new to me anyways) called Nutri Flour Blend. It's a blend of wheat bran and all purpose and looks like all purpose flour. I really wondered how that would affect the texture of the final product so I picked up a small bag of it and decided to give it a try.
Because I'm unfamiliar with this new flour, I decided to go and do some looking around the Robin Hood website . That always prompts me to start bookmarking a whole host of new recipes to try, not to mention contests to enter. This recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Muffins seemed like the perfect way to use up the bananas.
1/2 cup Canola oil
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium bananas)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used chunky and loved what it added to the texture)
2 cups Nutri Flour Blend
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I didn't have enough chocolate chips so I did a combination of chocolate chips and dried cranberries)
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners
2. Combine wet ingredients in medium-sized bowl. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir just until combined.
3. Add chocolate chips, mixing lightly. Divide evenly amount the prepared muffin cups.
4. Bake in centre of preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan.
I love when people put creative effort into muffins and decorate them so beautifully that they become a piece of art. On the other side of the spectrum, I also love that rustic looking home cooking look. These muffins - I know - it's really hard to distinguish which category they are - ha ha ha - but they are delicious and surprisingly substantial. They're not your light and fluffy type muffin, but rather a heavy satisfying treat with a great cup of brewed tea.